The country which is now called Iran, but was for a long time better known under the name of Persia, is a mountain plateau surrounded by ranges of higher mountains, wedged in between the Caspian sea and the Indian Ocean.
Caravanserai: a place where cultures meet - The word caravanserai is a persian word, combining “caravan” with “sarayi” or “serai”, meaning palace, dwelling or enclosed court.
The Gate of All Lands - The ruins of Persepolis, symbol of Persian might at its zenith, rise starkly today from a plain in southern Iran, set on a walled terrace
The monumental tombs in Naqsh-e-Rostam - Just a few kilometers north of Persepolis, the monumental tombs of Darius II, Artaxerxes I and Darius I were hewn into a rock cliff
The lion and the bull, and the astronomy in Persepolis - The lion and bull combat is a recurrent theme among Persepolis sculptures.
Persepolis, a Greek name - 2.500 years after it was built, the ruines of Persepoli site, the greatest and impressive persian Achaemenid kings residence,
Ferdowsi and the Book of Kings - During the Samanid era (874-998 A.C) and the Ghaznavid dinasty, the courts were graced wih the genius of the world famous poet Ferdowsi,
The greatest empire of ancient times - In less than 70 years, beginning around 560 B.C. Persia’s Achaemenid Kings brought together all the disparate nations of the ancient Middle East
The world first postal service of Darius the Great - To ensure the control and development of his immense empire, the persian Achaemenid King Darius the Great connected his cities by means of a network of stone-paved roads
The first charter of liberty of nations - “I am Cyrus, king of the world, great King, mighty King, King of Babylon, King of the Land of Sumer and Akkad, King of the four quarters,
The legend of Cyrus birth - An ancient legend tells that Ikhtovigo, king of Medes, has a beautiful daughter, Mandana. One night the king dreamed that